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Jobs and volunteer opportunities

Before applying for jobs, please refer to information for applicants.
All posts are for employment with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) located at their central offices based at Friends House in Euston, London unless described otherwise.

Vacancies available at Friends House, Euston;

  • Freelance Project Developer - closing date - 12 October 2014
  • Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer - closing date - 10 October 2014
  • Archivist - closing date - 5 October 2014

Volunteer opportunity at Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria;

  • Swarthmoor Hall Volunteers

Please scroll below for more information.


Freelance Project Developer
Support for Meetings: Developing a Directory of Services


Britain Yearly Meeting provides a wide range of support and resources to sustain the life of Quaker meeting communities. In order to ensure that Friends are aware of the full range of what’s available, and can access what they need easily, we are creating a modular Directory of Services. This will be themed around core Quaker roles and areas of work, and will provide information about all available support and resources. A print version will be made available to all Quaker meetings for easy reference and it will also be made available on-line.

We are looking for someone with experience of research, writing and editing to compile the directory on a freelance basis. We anticipate this will involve about 6 - 8 months work over a period of 12 - 15 months with a fee of around £15,000. Ideally we would like the project to start in November 2014. For details on how to apply please refer to the letter to applicants below.

CLOSING DATE - Sunday 12 October 2014
INFORMAL INTERVIEWS – Tuesday 21 October 2014

Application Pack


Communications and Services
Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer


SALARY – FTE £27,605 - £30,470 per annum (pay increase pending January 2015)
CONTRACT – 3 Year Fixed Term Contract (subject to review)
HOURS – Part Time, 17.5 hours per week
LOCATION – Edinburgh – Scotland

Quakers in Britain seek a part time Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer, based in or within easy reach of Edinburgh, to become part of a team working to increase the public understanding of Quakerism and the political and social impact of Quaker work.

Quakers share a way of life built on principles of truth, equality, peace and simplicity, rather than a set of beliefs. For more than 350 years Quakers have expressed their faith through action in the world.

The Role - To encourage and enable Quakers in Scotland to influence decision makers at all levels of government, through clear explanations of parliamentary processes. Translate Quaker concerns into briefings for a range of Scottish political and public audiences, through a range of channels and methods, including digital platforms. To share Scottish political insight with Quakers who work on devolved issues south of the border.

About You - You will enjoy working to tight deadlines, juggling priorities and working as part of a multidisciplinary communications team. You will be comfortable working on your own and being line managed at a distance; be committed to Quaker values and have an active knowledge of peace, equality, justice and sustainability issues in Scotland; be well versed in Scottish political affairs and their relevance to the concerns of Quakers.  From your previous experience you will be able to recognise timely political opportunities for Quakers to speak out effectively. You are confident and articulate when talking and writing about complex advocacy positions.

If you wish to discuss the post, please make an appointment with Jane Dawson, Advocacy and Public Relationships Leader via email at

CLOSING DATE – 5 pm, Friday 10th October 2014
INTERVIEWS – Thursday 30th October 2014 (Interviews will take place in Edinburgh)

Application Pack


Library of the Religious Society of Friends


SALARY – £36,398 per annum
CONTRACT – Permanent
HOURS – Full time, 35 hours per week
LOCATION – Friends House, Euston, London NW1

Over the past 350 years Quakers have lived adventurously. Their activities are reflected in our archives, the largest collection on Quakers in Britain and one of the largest in the world.

We are looking for the right candidate to manage our collections: to open them up, to preserve them for future generations and to raise our profile among a range of different audiences. You will be an experienced and enthusiastic archivist with a thorough grounding in best practice and the ability to work with digital media.

CLOSING DATE – Sunday 5 October 2014
INTERVIEWS – week commencing 20 October 2014

Application Pack


Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria
House Tour Guides


Voluntary, travel expenses paid

Swarthmoor Hall is a historic house known as the ‘cradle of Quakerism’. The house is open to the public four afternoons a week throughout the year and for group tours at other times by appointment. We are looking for Friends who live within travelling distance of the Hall who are interested in acting as a tour guide. We do not necessarily need a regular commitment of hours. We do hope to develop a pool of volunteers who we will train as tour guides for our visitors both adults and children.

Volunteer Enrolment Form